Archive for April, 2011

Understanding Programs, Policies, and Procedures

April 27, 2011 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel Welcome to Tourist Attractions and Parks Magazine’s Management Blog. I hope you like what you read and post your comments, so together we can generate good ideas and advice in the all-important area of amusement facility management. As a business professional, it drives me crazy when I see managers who do […]

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Strategies to Improve Your Business: Providing Good Customer Service at Mini-Golf and Driving Range Facilities

April 20, 2011 No Comments

April 20, 2011 Mini-golf and driving range facilities have a lot of innate appeal, but with so many available places to play, smart owners and managers must go the extra mile to ensure that their operations remain at the top of customers’ list. Offering top-notch customer service helps to get the job done. Patrons’ attitude […]

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Strategies to Improve Your Business: Enlivening Attractions with Lighting and Special Effects

April 7, 2011 No Comments

April 7, 2011  Consumers are looking to get more and more for their money when they visit leisure entertainment facilities. Using innovative lighting and special effects is one key way to give them what they want. While the primary purpose of lighting is, of course, illumination, operators might also consider the idea of leveraging it […]

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Food Service Equipment for Hits, and How to Avoid Misses

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Whether you are stocking a snack bar, concession stand or café, you must find food equipment that works best for your business needs. Consider space, time and cost before jumping into a new product. Here are a six quick tips courtesy of John Evans, senior vice president, Gold Medal Products, Co. To ensure you make […]

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Why Attend the Laser Tag Convention

April 1, 2011 No Comments

With no shortage of entertainment trade shows and conventions to fill your year with, the question laser tag entrepreneurs might ask is, “Why should I attend the Laser Tag Convention in Orlando this May 1 – 5?” What a great question! My initial answer is in our tagline, it’s the only convention designed with you […]

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Ticketing and Wristbands: Not Taking a Pass on Efficiency and Safety

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Tickets are more than an admission pass into an attraction, park or family entertainment center. For owners and operations managers, tickets not only keep track of their guests, but they also help to maintain security and keep attractions running on schedule. Justin Struttmann is operations manager at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, […]

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Shelter from the Storm: <br />Safe Operating Strategies to Cope with the Weather

Shelter from the Storm:
Safe Operating Strategies to Cope with the Weather

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Nothing guarantees to please guests like an event held in the great outdoors. Yet Mother Nature’s weather events can conflict with and upset the best laid human plans. That’s why Sylvia Norton, general manager for Party Time Rentals, College Station, Texas, advises her customers, “Anytime of year you’re planning any type of outdoor event, especially […]

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Valued and Valuable:<br />The Museum Volunteer Workforce

Valued and Valuable:
The Museum Volunteer Workforce

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Volunteer programs constitute a vital element in museum operations. In fact, museums would be unable to properly function without the dedication of their volunteers.  Thus, it is an ongoing process to bring in new, enthusiastic volunteers, to keep them feeling valued and to provide them with opportunities to stay educated and excited about the institution […]

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New Full-Time CEO Named at LAI Games

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Industry veteran and LAI Games CEO Alan Freimuth will be succeeded by Marshall Ashdown, who has held the position of international sales manager for LAI Games for nearly two years. Ashdown was recruited by Freimuth in 2009 as a planned successor. “My retirement has been planned for some time but I am optimistic about the […]

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Bulk Vending Machines: Tips to Keep Vandals at Bay

April 1, 2011 No Comments

Bill Hutchison has seen vending machines broken into with blowtorches.  He’s seen machines vandalized and robbed in police stations. He’s seen would-be thieves who have unwittingly gotten their arms stuck inside machines and had to call 9-1-1. “It really doesn’t matter what type of machine it is,” said Hutchison, a longtime bulk vending operator and […]

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Sponsors

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

Planning consultants for wet/dry attractions, mini-golf, go-kart tracks and laser arenas.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Gold Medal Products Co.

Concession equipment, foods and beverages, popcorn, pretzels and snack foods.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Spectrum Sports

Climbing walls, ropes courses, go-karts and more.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Aquaventronics

Research and development of interactive water games for use in the commercial amusement industry.

Family Fun Corp.

Waterpark walls for rivers, bumper boat and splash down pools.

Laser Star

Laser shooting galleries, laser tag, dark ride target systems, overhead target ranges.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Perfect Fry

Innovative and simple-to-operate countertop deep fryer Perfect Fryers.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Sureshot Redemption

One-stop source for prize redemption counters at entertainment centers.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

Fun Pro is an insurance program especially designed for party planners and party rental businesses.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

Designers of unique themed parks, attractions and environments for the entertainment business.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Rides-4-U, INC.

New and used rides, kiddie, family, major and thrill.

Max Flight

Manufactures interactive virtual reality motion-platform game systems including networkable flight and roller coaster simulators.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

Concession trailers and Antique, Jeep and Grand Prix auto rides.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Formula K Raceways

Go-karts, kiddie cars and bumper boats, go-kart parts and tires.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Poly Products

Tables, benches and related products. Green products for a green world.

Cost of Wisconson

Creators of simulated environments, duplicate structures, sculpted figures, exhibits, water features, mini-golf and more.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Soft Play

Leader in designing, manufacturing and installing soft contained playground equipment.

Jane Farrell Turf and Carpets, Inc.

Commercial carpet, printed and decorative patterns, loop and cut-pile construction. Wall coverings in fluorescents, Class A fire rated. Colored turf, both traditional and neon colors.

Brunswick Bowling

Entertainment bowling center developer and manufacturer of bowling equipment and entertainment products.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

Wristbands with no hidden costs, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Wristband System.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

International Special Events (ISERA)

Risk purchasing group, a better way to purchase liability insurance, specializing in inflatables and much more.

Bulbtronics

A premier source for lamps, LEDs, batteries and lighting-related and electrical products.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Knight Equipment

Drive cables for ferris wheels, Tilt-A-Whirls, Rock-O-Planes and many others.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Castle Golf, Inc.

Planning, design and construction of miniature golf courses and family fun parks.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Rio Syrup

Over 250 flavors, syrups and concentrates for shaved ice, sno cones, shushes, food colors. Now featuring Hawaiian Flower Cups.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Embed

Provides innovative IT products and services with a primary focus on card-based solutions and database applications for the leisure and retail industries.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

A complete line of Imperial strollers, wagons and safari utility vehicles.

Penny Press

Penny souvenir machine, great for parks, FECs, bowling and skating centers, museums and tourist attractions.

Namco

Namco America is a premier manufacturer of coin-op arcade attractions, ranging from the hottest titles like Crazy Typhoon and Jumpin’ Jackpot to classic game-room experiences such as the Pac-Man 25th Anniversary upright that features Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. Specialized pieces such as Wonka Sweetland and Flamin Finger are favorites too! For arcade gaming fun, Namco America is your answer.

Tear Repair

Tear-Aid industrial strength patches to repair holes and tears.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Extreme Engineering

Industry leader in zip lines, climbing walls, jumper systems and adventure products.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

Premier vending supply for all of your vending equipment and supply needs.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

Picnic tables, grills, park benches, planters, trash containers and more.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

American Changer

Bill and coin dispensers and counters, ticket machines and more.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Store on Wheels

Importer and distributor of quality toys, lighting and novelties. Cater to the amusement, retail and entertainment industries.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Enchanted Castle Studios

Fiberglass statuary and figures for restaurants, mini-golf, theme parks and other attractions.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Art Attack

Theming, miniature golf, parade floats, 3D props, air-brushed murals, signage and art panels.

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